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Florida Department of Health Updates New COVID-19 Cases, Announces Twenty-Eight Deaths Related to COVID-19, Evening Update

April 21, 2020

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Contact: Joint Information Center on COVID-19 for the State of Florida (850) 815-4940, ESF14@em.myflorida.com

Florida Department of Health Updates New COVID-19 Cases, Announces Twenty-Eight Deaths Related to COVID-19, Evening Update

~27,127 positive cases in Florida residents and 742 positive cases in non-Florida residents~ 

 

TALLAHASSEE —To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that is updated twice daily. Today, as of 6 p.m., there are 27,869 total** Florida cases.

There are currently 313 long-term care facilities with positive cases of COVID-19. The Florida Department of Health has published the list here. The twice daily COVID-19 report also includes information by county about deaths related to staff or residents in long-term care facilities. Of the 2,153 cases of residents or staff in long-term care facilities, 222 have died. 

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 10 percent. Of the 11,782 tests performed on April 20, there were 1,054 positive results, or 9 percent.

 

Twenty-eight people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 Alachua, Collier, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Madison, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, Suwannee and Volusia counties.

 

New Florida cases include:

  • 374 additional positive COVID-19 cases (366 Florida residents and 8 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health.
  • There are currently 27,127 positive cases in Florida residents and 742 positive cases in non-Florida residents.

Florida recently partnered with private laboratories around the state to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity. This partnership will increase the number of tests conducted each day and ensure Floridians receive the critical health information they need in a timely manner.

Expansion to private laboratories changes the COVID-19 testing landscape in Florida. Private laboratories are running tests as they receive swab samples from practitioners. Testing and reporting times vary among commercial and DOH laboratories. Demographic information may be updated during investigations. These twice daily reports reflect the state’s efforts to accurately and transparently share information. 

More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found here

Confirmed Cases in Florida Residents

27,127

Confirmed by DOH

3,013

Tested by private labs

24,114

Characteristics of Florida Resident Cases

 

FL resident diagnosed & isolated out of state*

9

Deaths

867

Cases in Non-Florida Residents

742

Confirmed by DOH

108

Tested by private labs

634

 

Total Cases Overview

27,869

Traveled

1,633

Contact with confirmed case

8,002

Travel & contact with confirmed case

1,377

Under Investigation

16,115

For more detail on Florida resident cases, please visit the live DOH Dashboard here

* Florida residents that are diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated out of state are not reflected on the Florida map.

**Total cases overview includes positive cases in Florida residents and non-Florida residents tested in Florida.

More Information on COVID-19

 

To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For information and advisories from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website.

 

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

 

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